Nine members of the QCWA Sandgate branch recently completed a four-day tour to Charleville in support of the Year of the Outback and meeting many of their Country members along the way.
The group travelled along the outback roads, past parched paddocks and dry dams, emphasising the impact of the current drought conditions. On arrival at Chinchilla, they met with members of the Chinchilla and Wychie QCWA branches over lunch, before travelling to their overnight stay in Roma.
They visited Roma’s Largest Bottle Tree and many of the local attractions. After a tour of the historical town of Roma, they joined members of the QCWA Roma branch for lunch in celebration of their Country of Study International Day and discuss shared experiences of life in the outback.
The group then travelled onto Charleville. After visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre and other local attractions, they had an enjoyable lunch with members of the QCWA Charleville branch.
The group completed over 1500 kms in their four-day adventure, and CWA Sandgate’s Lynette Watson, relayed their experiences as “heartbreaking to see the land so devastated from the drought,” and inspired that “our outback communities are very resilient and wonderful people.”
“The people we met were very welcoming and so happy we had made the journey to visit and support their communities.”